Dads helping dads
Our mission is to support and empower fathers by offering opportunities for connection, education, and community engagement. We do this through holding events and groups, aggregating and providing resources, and modeling positive, sensitive, and engaged fatherhood within the larger community.
Events and Groups
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dad Guild is only offering virtual events.
Check-ins and Support
An important part of our mission is to foster genuine connection among fathers, and while all of our events and groups are opportunities to get together (even if only virtually), we also offer specific check-ins where we can help support one another.
In collaboration with the Fletcher Free Library Dad Guild offers a book club for fathers. We offer a different book every month for folks to pick up at the library and then participate in two Zoom discussions. We reflect on topics from the book, and talk about how it impacts our parenting and our communities as a whole.
Dad Guild Warmline
This statewide service allows fathers to reach out whenever they need someone to talk to. Maybe you're stressed, want to get some recipe ideas, or just want to hear our opinion regarding the best Vin Diesel movie (The Iron Giant, save yourself a call). We're calling it a warmline because no one will answer the phone, but you'll be able to leave a message and we'll get back to you at our earliest convenience. You are also welcome to send a text message as well if you prefer. And yes, this is also our general contact phone number. We have one free Google Voice number. That's how we roll. Get in touch today at (802) 318-4231.
Dads' Night In
Dad Guild offers monthly virtual game nights via Zoom. Past events have included Jackbox Games and most recently Among Us!
At present, we have just one regular discussion group, but it could not be about a more important topic!
One of Dad Guild's driving tenets is community engagement. Our Dadvocate program empowers fathers throughout the state of Vermont by providing numerous opportunities for dads to get involved and make their communities healthier, happier, and more equitable places to live. So far, we have:
Dad Guild regularly partners up with other community organizations to offer special events that reach a larger audience. Previous partners have included The Family Room, ECHO, Building Bright Futures, Seed & Sew, Let's Grow Kids, and The Winooski Family Center. While the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of these types of events impossible for now, we hope to resume them in the future once it is safe to do so.
We encourage fathers to model vulnerability and talk about fatherhood topics as much as possible, across a variety of platforms. Normalizing fatherhood engagement is extremely important in our work, and the sharing of personal stories and perspectives is crucial to our success. Please reach out if you have a perspective you would like to share, and want support getting it out there.
- Resilience and Grit: A Father's Story, by Marlon Fisher
- Empowering My Daughter: How the #metoo Movement Changed my Outlook on the Word "No", by Keegan Albaugh
- Connect More, Fight Less: Nurturing Your Relationship After Kids, by Keegan Albaugh
- A Black Father Reflects on Privilege & Power, by Marlon Fisher
- Advocating for Accessible Changing Tables in Public Restrooms, by Keegan Albaugh
- Fostering Connections and Spreading Joy While Physically Distancing, by Keegan Albaugh
- Creative Ways to Connect with Grandparents, by Keegan Albaugh
- More Than "Giving Mommy a Break": Thoughts From a Stay-At-Home Dad, VPR piece by Marlon Fisher
- #MeToo and You, CBC piece feat. Keegan Albaugh
- A Father Reflects on the Reopening of Childcare Centers, by Keegan Albaugh
- Talking to Young Children About Racism, by Keegan Albaugh
- Why Dads Need Social Connections, by Keegan Albaugh
- How Dads Can Be Equal Teammates in Domestic Labor, by Keegan Albaugh
- How to Manage Parental Anger, by Keegan Albaugh
- Postpartum Depression Happens to Dads, Too, by Keegan Albaugh
- How Dads Can Model Healthy Masculinity, by Keegan Albaugh
- Parenting During The Pandemic: Child Care, School, and Isolation, VPR piece feat. Marlon Fisher
- What to Do When Your Child Has a Preferred Parent, by Keegan Albaugh
- Tips for Navigating Sadness as Winter Grinds On, by Keegan Albaugh
Our organization is dedicated to doing our part to help dismantle systemic racism in our society, and we’re encouraging all fathers connected to Dad Guild to be a part of the solution as well. We're still working through how best we can contribute, but as part of that process we want to share what we're finding.
Read all about the start of our organization in this KidsVT cover story from 2019.
Check out this 2-minute feature on Local 22/44 News regarding Dad Guild, and the importance of social connections for fathers.
Our main method of engagement with our members is via our newsletter and the associated event calendar. It's the best way to stay up-to-date on all that we're doing!